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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: DVD
  • SKU: BLA1918
  • UPC: 778854191891
  • Street Date: 12/11/12
  • PreBook Date: 11/06/12
  • Label: Unobstructed View »
  • Genre: Drama
  • Run Time: 105 mins
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Audio: 5.1 SURROUND
  • Year of Production: 1964
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 30
  • Territory: US


Cast & Crew

  • Actors:
  •       James Whitmore
  •       Sorrell Booke
  •       Roscoe Lee Browne
  • Director: Carl Lerner
  • Producer: Julius Tannenbaum
  • Director: Carl Lerner
  • Producers: Julius Tannenbaum


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Black Like Me

Based on the landmark memoir by John Howard Griffin

Black Like Me
  • List Price: $24.95  
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John Howard Griffin's Black Like Me began in 1961 as an ambitious reporter's chronicle of his blackface odyssey of disguise through the last gasps of the Jim Crow south. The articles were compiled into a book that impacted the nation's conscience and became required reading for decades in schools across America. In 1964, just as Washington was passing the Civil Rights Act, some Hollywood activists interpreted the book for the screen with James Whitmore as Griffin, who medically altered his pigment and, with the help of a sunlamp, reinvented himself as an itinerant black writer navigating his way through Mississippi and Alabama. Along the way he experienced firsthand both crushing racism and the incredible life force of the Afro-American communities. Guest stars include Roscoe Lee Browne, Clifton James, Will Geer and the media gadfly Heywood Hale Broun in a rare turn in front of the cameras. Thanks to a full restoration from the original negative, this is the first time Black Like Me has been released on DVD. Included in this exclusive package is a bonus disc containing Uncommon Vision, the biographical documentary of Griffin himself whose life was remarkable even without Black Like Me.

Bonus Materials

  • Bonus Disc Uncommon Vision: 60 min documentary on the life of John Howard Griffin
  • Original trailers
  • Excerpt from Reluctant Activist -- the authorized biography of John Howard Griffin, by Robert Bonazzi
  • 5.1 Sound, 4x3 and 16x9 versions

Sales Points

  • Based on the classic best-selling novel
  • 2 Disc Set
  • Fully restored version authored from a new HD print and 5.1 mix
  • First time on DVD

Press Quotes

among the most honest, courageous, and truly hard-hitting of American features dealing with civil rights and the American South.

     —Gerald Perry, Boston Phoenix


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